Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Am I able to say no to other gods?

The readings from Daniel today and throughout the last month are a call to seek and truly know Christ.  I decided to read a few more chapters past what today's readings were.

The book of Daniel is a reference to live life humbly and seek God.  We are blessed to have had the Savior make himself known on Earth, so we have even more to know than King Nebuchadnezzar did.   I read the part about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and it helped me to see that I am lacking the zeal that maybe I should have.

While, God in His great majesty has the ability to do all things in His creation, we just don't see many miracles like these three advisors experienced.  The thing that gets me thinking the most is the question, "Am I able to say no to other gods?"

In all things we are to seek to know Christ.  But the devil is very specifically trying to get at our souls through various means and ways.  My thought is that the ability to say 'no' to worship of idol things, people and wants is fuzzy.  What can I do to remedy this ability?

Well, not too much. Spiritually, Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the light. I must move my ego aside to allow Christ to enter into my heart and prepare it for the Holy Ghost and the Father God.

The physical action I take to change is nothing more than kneeling and letting God bring that peace of harmony within that He knows all things, He sees all things, He wills all things for the greater good.

Therefore, if I seek God through prayer, He will right my shallowness.  But I must constantly persevere and recognize the path I have taken in order to right it when it is wavering.

One of the things I think of to say in my head sometimes is, "Lord, please do not let me burn in the fires of hell."  I am not Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego by any way, but their story is amazing in its faith.

It's not the fire so much as what comes before.  The matter of fact statements that they will not in ANY way bow to the idol of gods or to the fear or anger of a king.